Welcome to New Village Press

The first publisher to serve the emerging field of community building!

Communities are the cauldron of social change, and the healthiest, most sustainable changes spring from the grassroots. New Village Press focuses on works about creative, citizen-initiated efforts — the good news of social transformation. Our nonfiction books profile innovative solutions to seemingly intractable social, environmental, and economic challenges. New Village Press is a 501c3 nonprofit and a division of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility. Our books are distributed to the book trade by Consortium/Perseus.


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Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty
Anne Herbert,M. Paloma Pavel
This modern parable, illustrated by Mayumi Oda, has wisdom for realizing world peace and community health in our time. Let us start the dance!

Building Together
Case Studies in Participatory Planning and Community Building
Roger Katan
With case studies of neighborhood developments from North and South America, Europe, and Africa that span more than forty years, this book offers a seminal treatise on the community-based design practices of participatory planning and advocacy architecture.

From Foreclosure to Fair Lending
Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy, and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit
Shanti Abedin, Katrin B. Anacker, David Berenbaum, Saqib Bhatti, Janis Bowdler, James H. Carr, Peter Dreier, Katrina S. Forrest, Jose A. Garcia, George Goehl, Debby Goldberg, Sandra Hinson, Donald L. Kahl, Stephen Lerner, Mike Miller, John A. Powell, John P. Relman, Lisa Rice, Robert G. Schwemm, M William Sermons, Shanna L. Smith
This book describes the new wave of fair housing activism in the face of foreclosures and explains what must be done now in the United States to make meaningful progress toward the goals of equitable access to credit, fair housing, and equal opportunity.

Urban Alchemy
Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities
Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Investigating urban segregation from a social health perspective, Mindy Thompson Fullilove presents ways to strengthen neighborhood connectivity and empower marginalized communities.

Beyond Zuccotti Park
Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space
Roland V. Anglin, Caron Atlas, Thomas Balsley, Terri Baltimore, Shirin Barghi, Rick Bell, Marshall Berman, Julian Brash, Wendy E. Brawer, Paul Broches, Carlton Brown, Lance Jay Brown, David Burney, Brennan S. Cavanaugh, Susan Chin, Alexander Cooper, Arthur Eisenberg, Lynne Elizabeth, Anastassia Fisyak, Karen A. Franck, Michael Freedman-Schnapp, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Gan Golan, Jeffrey Hou, Te-Sheng Huang, Lisa Keller, Brad Lander, Peter Marcuse, Jonathan Marvel, Signe Nielsen, Michael Pyatok, Michael Rios, Jonathan Rose, Janette Sadik-Khan, Saskia Sassen, Paula Z. Segal, Sadra Shahab, Benjamin Shepard, Ronald Shiffman, Gregory Smithsimon, Michael Sorkin, Nikki Stern, Maya Wiley
In the wake of the Occupy Wall Street movement, leading planners and social scientists examine public space today and freedom of assembly.

Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
Volume I: Resistance and Reconciliation in Regions of Violence
Catherine Filloux, Ruth Margraff, Dijana Miloševic, Charles Mulekwa, Abeer Musleh, Aida Nasrallah, Madhawa Palihapitiya, Lee Perlman
Courageous artists working in conflict regions describe exemplary peacebuilding performances and groundbreaking theory on performance for transformation of violence.

Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
Volume II: Building Just and Inclusive Communities
Daniel Banks, Eugene van Erven, Kate Gardner, Mary Ann Hunter, John O'Neal, Jo Salas
Acting Together, Volume II, continues from where the first volume ends, documenting exemplary peacebuilding performances in regions marked by social exclusion, structural violence, and dislocation.

Service-Learning in Design and Planning
Educating at the Boundaries
Keith Bartholomew, Amanda M. Beer, Peter Butler, Linda Corkery, Pat Crawford, Lynne M. Dearborn, Susan Erickson, Susan C. Harris, Sally Harrison, Jeffrey Hou, Clara Irazábal, Paul Kelsch, Zenia Kotval, Laura Lawson, Mira Locher, Patricia Machemer, Paul V. Poteat, Ann Quinlan, Jodi Rios, Michael Rios, Joseph Schilling, Lynda Schneekloth, Scott Shannon, Lisa B. Spanierman, Jack Sullivan, Daniel Winterbottom
Urban planning and architecture educators challenge traditional community-university relationships by modeling meaningful and reciprocal partnerships.

Awakening Creativity
Dandelion School Blossoms
Lily Yeh
Awakening Creativity shows in gloriously illustrated detail how Lily Yeh guides a participatory process of artistic expression that uplifts a distressed community. Her open, joyful approach to artmaking is a model for building healthy cultural esteem.

Asphalt to Ecosystems
Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation
Sharon Gamson Danks
Case studies from North America, Scandinavia, Japan, and Great Britain demonstrate natural outdoor teaching environments that support hands-on learning in science, math, language, and art in ways that nurture healthy imagination and socialization.